Asbestos Claims Solicitors
If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with an asbestos related illness such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural thickening, or lung cancer, it may be possible to pursue a compensation asbestos claim. If you have sadly lost a loved one due to an asbestos related disease, compensation may also be due.
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At Tilly Bailey & Irvine Law firm, our asbestos claims solicitors are part of a full-service, award-winning law firm. Our personal injury team is led by John Hall.As well as having years of experience running asbestos claims cases, John is a panel member of Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA) and a Senior Litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
John and his team are dedicated to providing quality, compassionate, and knowledgeable service to all our clients. We understand the devastation an asbestos diagnosis can cause you and your family. John and his team will ensure you never made to feel like ‘just another client’ when you work with them. Instead, you can be confident that you will receive a high standard of client care, which includes your emails and phone calls being returned promptly and being kept fully up to date with the progress of your claim.
People who have had intense or long-term exposure to asbestos are particularly at risk of getting asbestos-related diseases such as pleural thickening, asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos refers to a set of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals: chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite, anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite. Among these, chrysotile and amosite asbestos are most common.
Asbestos is classified as a human carcinogen. Asbestos fibres are microscopic (roughly .02 times the diameter of a human hair), and therefore, are easily inhaled. Once inhaled, the fibres cling to the respiratory system, including the lining of the lungs and inner cavity tissue and the body cannot expel them.
What diseases can asbestos cause?
Asbestos has been linked with more than a dozen diseases. The four main illnesses caused by asbestos are:
- Mesothelioma - a form of cancer mainly affecting the lining of the lungs
- Asbestos - related lung cancer
- Asbestosis - a non-malignant scarring of the lung tissue
- Non-malignant pleural disease - diffuse pleural thickening and pleural plaques
Symptoms of an asbestos-related illness can include:
- Severe shortness of breath and tightness in the chest
- Persistent cough
- Chest pain
- Unexplained weight loss
- Fluid around the lungs
Mesothelioma is a particularly devastating diagnosis to receive, as there is no cure and the average life expectancy after the disease has been discovered is only 12-21 months.
The symptoms of some asbestos-related diseases do not reveal themselves for some time, in some cases up to 40 years after the initial exposure to the substance.
People who have been exposed to asbestos through their work are at the highest risk of damage to their lungs. This includes carpenters, plumbers, electricians, laggers, painters and builders.
Those who worked in shipbuilding, railway engineering and factories manufacturing asbestos products are also at risk of developing an asbestos-related disease.
Secondary-asbestos exposure can also cause fatal diseases. Many wives of asbestos workers who washed overalls and other work clothing have become victims of an asbestos-related disease despite never setting foot in a factory or construction site. We have represented a number of secondary victims of asbestos-related illness and have won significant compensation for them.
Can you claim for exposure to asbestos?
If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, you may be able to claim compensation. You can also claim if you are a family member (such as a spouse or child) of someone who has died from an asbestos-related disease.
The first step towards claiming compensation is to instruct an experienced solicitor who understands the process of making compensation claims for asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma in the UK.
Because illnesses born from asbestos exposure can take decades to develop, it is common, due to the length of time elapsed between the employment in question and the start of the claim proceedings, for the employer to have ceased trading. In these cases, our experts will go to great lengths to have the company temporarily reinstated where necessary in order to pursue the claim. Another common factor in asbestos claims is where multiple employers could be liable. If this is the situation, we will issue proceedings against all the parties involved.
How can I pay for an asbestos-related disease claim?
A government fund totalling £380 million has been set aside to compensate anyone diagnosed with mesothelioma since July 2012, including the costs to cover any legal fees. This is also available to families who have lost a loved one because of the disease.
Our expert asbestos claims solicitors can help you claim under this scheme.
If you do not qualify under the government scheme or have another asbestos-related illness, we offer a no win, no fee arrangement for our services. This means that if we are not successful in making a compensation claim for mesothelioma or another type of asbestos-related disease, you will not pay any legal fees (although you may have to pay disbursements).
How do I find an experienced lawyer to make an asbestos claim?
Tilly Bailey & Irvine Law Firm's specialist industrial negligence team has extensive experience in handling cases of this nature. Due to the legacy of shipbuilding and heavy industry in the North-East we have successfully handled a great deal of asbestos claims, including against companies such as British Steel, ICI, Richardson Westgarth and other local employers.
By providing sensitive, responsive client care to everyone who comes through our door, John and his team have developed a reputation for being one of the best industrial-disease claims solicitors in the North of England.
Let us manage your compensation claim for asbestos-related disease for you. You can have full trust that we understand the process and will achieve the best results possible, allowing you to concentrate on treatment and time with your loved ones.
To find out more about how we can advise you on an asbestos-related disease claim, please call us on 0333 444 4422 to talk to one of our asbestos claims solicitors.